Mass. HS Boys Hockey – Division 2 Top 10: Canton Stays At No. 1, Sandwich Rises Up Rankings

Jim Clark
Jim Clark
Jim Clark joined Hockey Night in Boston in December 2019, and has covered high school hockey in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He also covers high school hockey and is a multiplatform editor for the Boston Globe, and previously spent two decades as high school hockey reporter at the Boston Herald, where he also served as the high schools editor from 2000-06. Clark was honored by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association with its William Stewart Award for contributions to the sport in May 2019, and also received the Joel Perlmutter Award for media coverage in 2006. A graduate of UMass, he also spent eight years as sports editor/reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, and has extensively covered high school hockey in Central and Western Mass. as well as Connecticut.

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Massachusetts Boys D2 Top 10

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Canton11101
2Sandwich51212
3Tewksbury2820
4Lincoln-Sudbury3810
5Triton4921
6Scituate61120
7Winthrop7823
8Stoneham8621
9Norwood9830
10Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk101001

Most of the Massachusetts Division 2 boys hockey teams have hung up their skates after a pandemic-challenged and abbreviated season. There are no changes in the teams from last week’s rankings, but a little bit of shuffling in the overall order.

One change that didn’t occur is at the top. Canton completed another unbeaten season and is likely poised to finish as Hockey Night in Boston’s No. 1 team in Division 2 for a third consecutive season. The Bulldogs finished off their season with a win over Oliver Ames, and in the last three seasons still have just one loss to Lincoln-Sudbury last February, and ties against Boston Latin (in 2019) and Franklin (this season).

Sandwich had hopes of continuing its season for another week. The No. 2 Blue Knights made a significant jump up the list with dominating wins last week over Bourne in the annual Canal Cup, and then Nauset, and were hoping to make some more noise in the Cape & Islands tournament. However, the team’s season ended prematurely because of COVID-19 protocols.

Tewksbury settles into the No. 3 spot after falling to Central Catholic in the Merrimack Valley Conference Cup Division 1 final. The Redmen got a bye into the final round, but in the end finished 1-2 head-to-head against CC.

The movement in the rankings dropped Lincoln-Sudbury to No. 4 overall, despite the fact the Warriors didn’t play over the final two weeks of the season.

No. 5 Triton is another team that fell in its final game to a Div. 1 rival. In the Vikings’ case, it was Newburyport in the final minutes of the Cape Ann League title game. Triton went 1-2-1 in the series this season.

Scituate’s 11-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Div. 1 Hingham in the Patriot Cup semifinals, which also dropped the Sailors to No. 6 overall at season’s end.

Though there were no postseason tournaments in the Northeastern Conference, No. 7 Winthrop shared the North Division title with newcomer Masconomet.

No. 8 Stoneham followed up its first Middlesex League title (Freedom Division) in 32 years with a hard-fought overtime loss to Arlington in a Middlesex League tournament quarterfinal.

At No. 9, Norwood finished off its season before vacation week, but the Mustangs still had a solid overall season in the Tri-Valley League.

No. 10 Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk made some history, winning the South Coast Conference tournament. It was the first title for either school since Seekonk won the old Southeastern Division 2 title in 1982.

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